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Blindy.TV: a new online audio description service

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Blindy.TV, which describes itself as “your accessible couch potato experience”, is a new free online service created by blind people. Aiming to make up for the lack of audio description online, it provides five channels of described programming which can be listened to on its built-in media player, or on an external player.

According to the Blindy.TV website, “The entire service is a labor of love. Blindy.TV has no assets. The server space, bandwidth, content production, and everything else that collectively forms Blindy.TV are provided through the uncompensated contributions of like-minded people. We have no revenue, and we don't accept any cash donations.”


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MasterChef highlights online access gap

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One of the contestants on Network Ten’s MasterChef: The Professionals, Bonny Porter, has a hearing impairment, but like other Deaf and hearing impaired Australians she is unable to watch the show with captions online.

In an article in B&T, deafness advocate and Deafness Forum member Michael Lockrey noted that Porter’s job at Sydney’s Rockpool Bar and Grill prevented her from watching the show as it goes to air. “While Bonny and her hearing loss have been portrayed in a very positive manner on the show, it is ironic that she and other people with deafness are being discriminated against in this manner,” said Lockrey.


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Accessible DVD releases for January 2013

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During January Media Access Australia found 23 movies on the new-release entertainment shelves at our local DVD store that were audio described and captioned, out of 71 in total.

Distributors Eagle, Paramount, Madman, Reel, Shock and Sony Universal all had titles released internationally with either captions or subtitles that were not released in Region 4, a market which includes Australia, New Zealand, South America and Oceania. The Madman title of Your Sister’s Sister was released in Australia without audio description but had audio description for its Region 2 (UK) release.


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